MLB AL Betting Picks for September 1st and 2nd

MLB AL Betting Picks for September 1st and 2nd

Written by on August 30, 2018

MLB heads into its final regular season month with great AL matchups. On Saturday, the Angels battle the Astros while the A’s host the Mariners. Then, on Sunday, Baltimore takes on Kansas City and the Twins travel to Texas. Check out the latest MLB odds, analysis, and picks for these American League matchups.

MLB AL Betting Picks for September 1st and 2nd

Saturday, Sep. 1

L.A. Angels at Houston Astros

Angels’ starter Felix Pena last pitched against the Houston Astros on August 26. He threw okay, giving up 3 earned runs in 5 hits over 6 innings. Pena walked 2 and struck out 5. The Astros have 5 hits off Pena in 24 at-bats. Houston starter Gerrit Cole posts a 2.85 ERA, a 12-5 record, and a 1.01 WHIP. Although Cole’s record is great, the Astros are 2-4 SU in his last 6 starts. He holds the Angels to a .233 batting average. Cole hasn’t thrown versus the Angels since May 5. He didn’t pitch well. LAA has a chance at the upset. MLB AL Betting Pick: Los Angeles Angels

Seattle Mariners at Oakland A’s

Seattle starter James Paxton returns to the mound to face the Oakland A’s after spending 10 days on the DL. Paxton’s 3.68 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 10-5 record are all fantastic while the A’s bat .236 against him. Oakland counters Paxton with Daniel Mengden. Mengden’s 4-4 record and 4.28 ERA are okay. What isn’t okay is how Mengden’s only thrown for 6 total innings in his last couple of starts. Lots of pressure are on all of Oakland’s pitchers now that ace Sean Manaea might not pitch again this season. Seattle should take this matchup. MLB AL Betting Pick: Seattle Mariners

Sunday, Sep. 2

Baltimore Orioles at Kansas City Royals

Are the Orioles a safe bet this weekend? Baltimore starter David Hess has a 5.08 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. The Orioles are 3-12 SU in Hess’ 15 starts this season. Hess has never faced Kansas City batters, though. That could give him a slight edge in this matchup. KC hopes pitcher Jorge Lopez can rediscover his best form on Sunday. Since acquiring Lopez from the Milwaukee Brewers, Kansas City’s gotten worse. Lopez has only thrown 13 innings in 3 starts, yielding a combined 18 hits and 12 earned runs. Hess versus Lopez presents and interesting opportunity because neither starting pitcher has a big edge. Baltimore’s the play in anticipation that they offer above even money odds. MLB NL Betting Pick: Baltimore Orioles

Minnesota Twins at Texas Rangers

Kyle Gibson, Minnesota’s starter, has book-ended two decent starts with two bad starts. Versus Detroit on August 11 and August 17, he pitched 7 innings in both games and yielded 3 runs or less in both games. The Twins beat Detroit 4-3 on the eleventh and 5-4 on the seventeenth. In his last two starts, Gibson has thrown a combined 10 innings. He’s allowed 9 earned runs off 15 hits. If his pattern holds, Gibson should pitch well on Sep. 2. It helps that the Rangers are 1-8 SU in their starter’s last 9 trips to the mound. Twins win this. MLB NL Betting Pick: Minnesota Twins